Celebrate Recovery offering free group program
Celebrate Recovery - a Christian 12-step recovery program for hurts, habits, hangups and addictions - is now holding free and open groups for anyone who would like to drop by.
Groups will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday evenings at 63 Jefferson Ave., Salem; and from noon to 1:30 p.m. Fridays at 75 Lindall St., Danvers.
For information, call 617-803-4589.
The Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospital's Speakers Bureau is a free service designed to bring timely information on a variety of health-related topics. Speakers include physicians, registered nurses, dietitians, physical therapists, pharmacist and other healthcare professionals, who will provide information about healthy living and illness prevention.
If your organization or group is looking for information and interesting guest speakers for upcoming events, request a copy of the Speakers Bureau brochure or call the Community Relations Department at 978-236-1650.
Peer and Recovery Support Group
Held 7-8:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month in the doctors' conference room at Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick St., Beverly.
These support groups are for family and friends of those dealing with mental health challenges and also for peers in recovery and meet the last Wednesday of each month. For information: 617-984-0504; email@example.com; namigreaternorthshore.org.
Health Insurance Assistance
Financial counselors are available at Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick St., Beverly, to assist you in accessing health insurance. Those wishing more information about MassHealth, Commonwealth Care, Commonwealth Choice, Medicare, Medicaid and other health insurance issues, may visit the Financial Services Beverly Hospital Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. The office is located inside the main entrance. Free valet parking.
Community CPR programs
Beverly Hospital is offering several American Heart Association CPR courses designed for non-medical personnel and teach the skills and techniques used in adult, infant and child CPR. This course also covers choking in adult and children, and the use of protection devices for mouth-to-mouth breathing. This course is appropriate for anyone wishing to learn lifesaving CPR skills.
The cost of the course is $50 and includes the American Heart Association Heart Saver Student Workbooks. At the completion of the course you will receive an American Heart Association Heart Saver course completion card; this card signifies that you have successfully completed the CPR program.
The classes will run from 6-9 p.m. and are subject to cancellation due to low registration. The cost of the course is $50 and includes the textbook. To register or for further information , please contact Kim Regan at 978-922-3000, ext. 3436.
Dementia or Alzheimer's caregivers
Join NortheastLink Care Management for monthly educational discussions and have the opportunity to learn and share with those who understand. The discussions are held at The Atrium at Veronica Drive, Danvers on the third Saturday of each month at 11 a.m.
Respite services are available. Please RSVP to 978-762-7625.
Suicide Survivor Support Group
SAFE PLACE, a peer-run suicide survivor support group is held for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. The support group is sponsored by the Samaritans of Merrimack Valley of Lawrence.
Friends are welcome to attend the free support group that meets at St. John's Episcopal Church, 705 Hale St., Beverly Farms on the first and third Thursday of each month, from 7-8:30 p.m. There is no fee. Pre-registration is not required.
For further information, please call Debbie Helms at 978-327-6671.
Substance use support group
The Danvers Treatment Center, located at 111 Middleton St., Danvers, provides a free support group for friends and family of those struggling with substance use. The meetings are held on Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. Those interested in this free resource, which is open to the public as well as people currently being served by Lahey Health Behavioral Services, are invited to attend.
For further information, please contact Christin Brown at 978-998-3632 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
VNA Care seeking hospice volunteers
VNA Care, a nonprofit home health and hospice organization, needs volunteers to provide companionship to patients and respite for family members in close to your home. Training, supervision and support are provided. Call 781-569-2811 for more information about becoming a hospice volunteer or visit vnacare.org.
Happiest Baby on the Block
Happiest Baby On The Block: a one-night class from 6 -8:30 p.m. that will teach you the 5 S's of soothing your crying baby. Typically called the fourth trimester, this class will teach you how to manage your babies crying and help them sleep longer. Class is $60 and you will receive the Happiest Baby DVD, soothing sounds CD and a swaddling blanket.
Baby Signs Play Classes offered through the Parent Ed office, specifically designed for parents and their babies. Fun games, songs, activities that highlight developmental skills and teach infant/toddler sign language. Proven to stimulate growth in your baby's motor, cognitive, language and social, emotional development, Class participants receive the Sign, Say & Play starter kit. Cost of class is $125 with one child and $15 registration fee.
Please call the Parent Education office at Beverly Hospital for upcoming dates 978-927-9103.
Survivors of Breast Cancer
Survivors of Breast Cancer: Wellness Group meets from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month in Conference Room A, first floor Lahey Medical Center, One Essex Center Drive, Peabody. There is no fee. For further information or to register, please contact Alison Locke, at 978-538-4807
The HypnoBirthing Childbirth method is a technique for achieving a satisfying, relaxing and stress-free method of birthing. This method teaches you, along with your birthing companion, the art and joy of experiencing birth in a more comfortable manner.
Course highlights include: How the mind and emotions affect the body, release fear, preparing your mind and body for birthing, avoiding artificial induction, developing ultimate-depth relaxation, understanding the stages of labor, preparing your Birth Plan, tapping nature's own relaxant and breathing your baby down for birth.
The program is held on two Saturdays and two Monday evenings (two hours each session). The cost of the program is $225. Please call the Parent Ed office for upcoming dates. To learn more about this program or to register, please call the Parent Education office at Beverly Hospital 978-927-9103.
Blood Cancer Support Group
A Blood Cancer Support Group: "Family and Friends" is hosted by Lahey Hospital and Medical Center on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It meets on the third Monday of each month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Lahey Medical Center, Peabody, One Essex Center Drive, Peabody. The free support group is held in Conference Room A, second floor, North Wing (next to Orthopaedic Surgery). Dinner is served. For further information or to register, please contact Alison Locke at 978-538-4807.
Healthy Pregnancy Workshop
The Healthy Pregnancy Workshop is a class specifically for teens and young women. It is a two-hour class to be attended in the first or second trimester, focusing on healthy pregnancy. There is no fee. To register or for further information, please call 978-922-3000, extension 2720.
Is food a problem for you? Overeaters Anonymous meets in Danvers on Mondays from 7-8 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 46 Cherry St. For more information call 781-641-2303.
Free Reiki Clinic
A free Reiki Clinic is held once a month at Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick St., Beverly. The clinic takes place in the Kauders Conference Room. Thirty minute sessions are held from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. and facilitated by Katie Vandi, RN, BSN, Reiki Master and Stacy Stransberg, RN. OCN, Reiki Master.
Reiki is an ancient relaxation method that may reduce stress and assist in the restoration of mind/body balance. Reiki is a non-invasive therapy and may help build immune function, decrease the effects of chemotherapy, radiation and help with wound healing. Reiki is done fully clothed. It does not take the place of traditional medicine, but it complements it.
To schedule a free, 30-minute Reiki session, please call Katie Vandi at 978-927-6850, extension 5.
North Shore Postpartum Help
The North Shore Postpartum Depression Task Force is available to women experiencing postpartum stress, as well as the family members, friends and practitioner's who support them. They are available for help, hope and connection. Visit their website at NorthShorePostpartumHelp.Org.
Those needing to talk to someone immediately may call the Parental Stress Hotline at 1-800-632-8188.
It is the goal of this Task Force to bring together the practitioners, organizations, research, and best practices that North Shore families need for a healthy postpartum experience. The initial scope of this Task Force is the North Shore United Way community, including the following towns: Beverly, Manchester, Hamilton, Wenham, Ipswich, Essex, Gloucester, and Rockport.
Early Onset Social Group
An Early Onset Social Group is provided by Spectrum Adult Day Health Program, 1820 Turnpike St., Suite 106, North Andover. This group provides a comfortable and supportive environment for people and their loved ones to discuss the struggles and challenges of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease before the age of 65.
This free group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. A light dinner is served. All ages are encouraged to attend. Free respite care upon request.
To RSVP or for further information, please call support leaders Randi Mitchell LCSW and Jill Hovanasian NSW at 978-921-5020, ext. 1138.
Twin Oaks offers service to veterans
Twin Oaks Center, a 99-bed Genesis HealthCare skilled nursing center, located at 63 Locust St., Danvers, has become a Community Partner Recruit of We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Genesis HealthCare is the first skilled nursing care provider to become a We Honor Veterans Community Partner. As a We Honor Veterans Community Partner Recruit, Twin Oaks Center will implement ongoing Veteran-centered education for their staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the Veterans they proudly serve.
By recognizing the unique needs of our nation's veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, Twin Oaks Center is better able to accompany and guide veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending.
To learn more about We Honor Veterans or to support this important work via a secure, online donation, please visit www.wehonorveterans.org.
Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Patients
An eight-session educational/support program for individuals newly diagnosed with breast cancer is held at the Beverly Hospital at Danvers. This program is designed to support, guide and provide knowledge.
The free program is held at Beverly Hospital at Danvers Breast Center, Beverly Hospital at Danvers, 480 Maple St., Danvers. Sessions are held on the first and third Monday beginning at 7 p.m. There is no fee.
For further details on upcoming dates or to register, please contact Kimberly Willis, NP-C, Certified Patient Navigator at email@example.com or call 978-304-8105.
Dementia Support Group
A Dementia Support Group will be held at Twin Oaks Center on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 7 to 8 p.m.
When you are faced with a loved one exhibiting symptoms of dementia, it can be a confusing and troubling time in your life. The group will help you understand the disease and gain knowledge about the best methods of care for your loved one.
People afflicted with cognitive impairments require additional care to keep their emotional and physical functioning strong and healthy. The center's specialized professionals connect to deliver consistent, stable care while creating an environment of warmth and understanding.
Twin Oaks Center is located at 63 Locust St., Danvers. The support group is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Jennifer Tineo at 978-777-0011.
Stroke Survivor Support Group
A free monthly Stroke Survivor Support Group held on the first Wednesday of each month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The group meets at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Gloucester in the Longan Room. The free program is facilitated by a variety of professionals affiliated with the stroke program at Beverly Hospital.
Light refreshments will be available. There is no fee and pre-registration is not required. For further information or questions, please call Eileen Consentino at 978-922-3000, ext. 2295.
One Life recovery program
One Life, a faith-based recovery program for those struggling with life-controlling issues (hurts, hang-ups, and habits), meets every Friday night at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Danvers. This program will help you find freedom from addictive and compulsive thoughts, behavior patterns such as co-dependency, pornography, chemical dependency, eating disorders, depression, emotional/physical abuse, anger, and other personal struggles.
This tried and proven recovery program uses traditional methods to build recovery for those struggling with life experiences that affect our peace. The First Baptist Church of Danvers is located at 1 Water St., Danvers. Contact by phone at 978-774-8277, by email at Baptist1@verizon.net, or visit them at www.fbcdanvers.org.
Prostate Cancer Support Group
The Beverly Hospital Prostate Cancer Support Group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ledgewood Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, located on the campus of Beverly Hospital. This free meeting meets in the Garden Room, located on the first floor.
Pre-registration is not required, those wishing further information may call the Community Relations Department at Beverly Hospital at 978-236-1650.
Gift shop volunteers needed
Gift Shop volunteers are needed at Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals. This is a great way to learn about retail in health care or volunteer your time and experience in an enjoyable shop environment.
Volunteer benefits include shop discounts and a meal voucher. A variety of shift times are available including evenings and weekends. Please visit the hospital's website at http://www.beverlyhospital.org/giving/volunteer-services for more information.
Melanoma Support Group
The Melanoma Foundation of New England sponsors a support group open to all those who have been diagnosed with Melanoma. The group is facilitated by Kelli Braga, LICSW, in the Garden Conference Room, located on the first floor of the Beverly Hospital.
The group meets on the second Thursday of each month at 6-7:30 p.m. There is no fee. Pre-registration is requested. To register, or for further information, please contact Kelli Braga at Beverly Hospital 978-922-3000, extension 2710, or by calling the Melanoma Foundation of New England at 617-232-1424.
Pet therapy volunteers sought
Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, is seeking more volunteers with certified pet therapy dogs to provide pet therapy to hospice patients in a variety of settings throughout Greater Boston and on the North Shore.
Pet therapy dogs must be certified through a registered pet therapy organization. Volunteers will receive training and ongoing support while engaging in the rewarding experience of visiting hospice patients and their caregivers.
For more information about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Sheryl Meehan, Director of Volunteer Services and Complementary Therapies at SMeehan@CareDimensions.org or 978-750-9321.
General Cancer Support Group
The General Cancer Support Group meets at Beverly Hospital on the first Wednesday of the month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Women's Health Building in the small conference room.
Pre-registration is required by calling the Social Work Department at Beverly Hospital at 978-922-3000, ext. 2710.
A free 15-minute review of medications may be scheduled with a registered pharmacist at Beverly Hospital. Appointments are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month. Participants are asked to bring a list of all medications, prescription and over-the-counter medications, including vitamins, etc. To schedule a free and confidential appointment, please call Lahey Health Senior Care at 978-922-7018, ext. 1305.
Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group
A free Alzheimer's Care-giver Support Group is held at the Spectrum Adult Day Health Program, 600 Cummings Center, Suite 176 X, Beverly, (www.spectrumdayprogram.org). The program is held on the first and third Wednesdays of every month from 2:30-4 p.m. Free respite care upon request.
Information and education about Alzheimer's disease and related memory disorders is shared. Increased understanding through shared experiences, mutual support from other care-givers.
Light refreshments are serviced. To RSVP for respite care or with questions, please contact support leaders Randi Mitchell LCSW and Jill Hovanasian NSW at 978-921-5020, ext. 1138.
Healthy Streets Outreach
Northeast Behavioral Health Healthy Streets Outreach Program provides rapid HIV testing, hepatitis C information, access to drug treatment, overdose prevention and Narcan training. All services, provided by NBH Healthy Streets Program, are available at various locations on the first Wednesday of the month. Please call 978-767-3913 or 781-592-0243 to reach the outreach team.
'Timing is Everything'
Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, sixth installment of its cable TV show, "Timing is Everything," will focus on child life services and help for grieving children.
Mary Crowe, education specialist at Care Dimensions, welcomes Care Dimensions Children's Program Coordinator Kristen Goodhue and Director of Bereavement Services and Program Development Nathaniel Lamkin. The show, which airs on Danvers Cable Access TV (DCAT) and on Channels 99 (Comcast) and 36 (Verizon) will run through the end of the month on Tuesdays at noon, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m.
You can also watch the video on demand at www.danverstv.org.
"Timing is Everything" is a part of Care Dimensions' community education and outreach program which works to dispel the myths surrounding hospice care and to empower individuals dealing with an advanced illness to access these services sooner so there is more opportunity to improve their quality of life.
For more about Care Dimensions services visit www.CareDimensions.org.
Help with hoarding issues
The North Shore Center for Hoarding & Cluttering at North Shore Elder Services is the leader in providing a support system for those who are feeling overwhelmed by the "stuff" in their life. Many of us periodically reach a point where we need to simplify, organize and de-clutter. Sometimes we cannot do it alone and need some help in meeting this challenge; that's when the North Shore Center for Hoarding & Cluttering can offer assistance.
If you or someone you know might benefit from any of the professional services NSCHC can offer, call 978-750-4540 and ask for Information Services to make a referral. There are no geographic or age restrictions for participating in any of the services.
NSCHC is located at North Shore Elder Services, 300 Rosewood Ave., Suite 200, in Danvers. For more information, please contact Marnie McDonald, LCSW at (978) 624-2207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Movement program for people with Parkinson's
This program will run from 1-2 p.m. Mondays and Tuesday, Trinity Episcopal Church, 124 River Road, Topsfield. The Danvers YMCA will offer a free movement program for people living with Parkinson's disease. The classes will include a series of seated and standing exercises - sometimes using props such as balls, dowels and balance pads - to promote strength, flexibility and balance. Participants are given tools through rhythm, dance and movement sequences that help improve agility and the mobility issues associated with Parkinson's. The classes will also incorporate movement games, vocal and facial exercises and a variety of music. Classes will be taught by Dianna Daly. For information: email@example.com.
G.R.A.S.P. - Grief Recovery after a Substance Passing - a support group for families or individuals who have lost a loved as a result of substance use or addiction, meets on the first Thursday of every month, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Highland Hall inside the auditorium at Salem Hospital. For more information, call 781-593-5224 or 978-354-2660 or online at grasphelp.org.
Surgical Weight Loss info sessions
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is pleased to bring Surgical Weight Loss services to Lahey Outpatient Center, Danvers. While the actual surgery will be performed in Burlington, patients will now have the convenience of receiving preoperative and postoperative care close to home.
Surgical Weight Loss offers a multi-disciplinary team approach for treating obesity through a combination of surgery, behavioral health, and nutrition. This multi-disciplinary approach is the key to successful long-term weight loss and well-being.
As part of the offerings, free monthly bariatric information sessions are held at Lahey Outpatient Center, Danvers. These sessions are open to patients and the community, and are facilitated by surgeons and nurse practitioners of the program.
Patients who typically qualify for surgical weight-loss include those with a body mass index greater than or equal to 40, and/or a body mass index between 35 and 39 with at least one major medical co-morbidity, such as obstructive sleep apnea or hypoventilation syndrome, diabetes or hypertension.
Free upcoming Surgical Weight Loss info sessions are held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Please call 978-304-8020 for further information regarding upcoming programs.
Weight Management Program
The Weight Management Program at the Lahey Outpatient Center, Medical and Day Surgery Center, located at 480 Maple St., Danvers, is dedicated to making weight loss goals obtainable through a medically-dedicated weight loss program.
The program begins with a comprehensive evaluation by the Weight Management Team consisting of nursing assessment, nutrition assessment and exercise assessment. Together with your doctor, the program is tailored to you.
Through education, exercise and counseling, this program can help identify and modify risk factors. Adverse health conditions associated with obesity include: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high serum cholesterol, cancer, respiratory difficulties, muscular and skeletal problems.
A physician referral is required to participate in the Weight Management Program. For further information or to schedule an appointment, please call 978-304-8401. You may also visit the web at beverlyhospital.org/danvers.
The lifestyle Management Institute located at Lahey Outpatient Center, 480 Maple St., Danvers, is now offering two programs tailored help you stop smoking.
Individual counseling with a certified tobacco treatment specialist. One-on-one counseling designed for those that may need a more individual approach and may want to consider pharmaceutical aids. The fee for a 30-minute session is $35. (Some insurance carriers cover this, check with yours).
American Lung Association "Freedom From Smoking Program." This is a group program which provides different smoking cessation techniques. Group support is a key part of this program. This a eight-week program. The program includes studying your smoking habits, building motivation, winning strategies, stress management, weight control active fun and exercise and assertive communication.
For further information or to register for these programs, please call 978-304-8020.